VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center


Cystoscopy and Urethroscopy

Urethroscopy is the endoscopic study of the urethra. Cystoscopy is the
endoscopic study of the lining of the bladder. Usually these studies are performed
together as one procedure. Both rigid and flexible scopes can be used to perform the exam. Rigid scopes are generally used for female patients. Small-diameter flexible scopes are used on male dogs. Biopsies of the urethral surface or bladder wall can be obtained by passing the biopsy instrument next to the scope, through the protective outer sleeve of the scope or through an opening built into the scope. This procedure requires little patient preparation outside of withholding food on the day of the procedure. In most cases, patients are discharged the same day the procedure is performed.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a urethroscopy and/or cystoscopy are:

1. Blood in the urine (persistent hematuria)
2. Persistent straining to urinate
3. Persistent vaginal discharge
4. Removal of bladder stones (cystic calculi or urethral calculi)
5. Biopsy of known bladder growth
6. Urinary incontinence
7. Study of congenital urinary tract problems


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center

9901 Montgomery NE

Albuquerque, NM  87111

505 296-2982

In Case of Emergency......

1.  Remain Calm.

2.  Call Your Family Veterinarian First.  If they are unavailable, call us at 505 296-2982.

3.  Tell us the nature of the problem.  We will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while enroute and give you directions to our hospital.

What is an Emergency?

Difficulty breathing

Unstoppable bleeding

Major trauma or injury


Inability to urinate or defecate


Bloated or distended abdomen

Allergic reactions

Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure

Eye injuries

Inability to deliver puppies or kittens